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Adult Obesity Rates Could Exceed 60% in TN by 2030

As you read this article on the impact of diabetes in the US and Tennessee and the potential we have to decrease the financial as well as disease-related impact by just decreasing our average BMI by 5%, consider participating in MBGH's efforts to bring the Center for Disease Control's National Diabetes Prevention Program to Memphis and Tennessee! See the presentations from our Annual Conference on this evidence-based, highly successful program and contact Cristie Travis at [email protected] for more information on bringing this program to your worksite. Help stop the trajectory from pre-diabetes to diabetes in your workforce and be part of the solution for our state and community!

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The number of obese adults, along with related disease rates and health care costs, are on course to increase dramatically in every state in the country over the next 20 years, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012, a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health.

The report forecasts adult obesity rates in each state by 2030 and the likely resulting rise in obesity-related disease rates and health care costs.

If states’ obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, hypertension, and arthritis could increase 10 times between 2010 and 2020—and double again by 2030. For Tennessee, projections based on current trajectories would result in over 63% of our population being obese by 2030!

Medical costs associated with treating preventable obesity-related diseases could increase by up to $66 billion per year by 2030, and the loss in economic productivity could be as high as $580 billion annually.

The report also shows that states could prevent obesity-related diseases and dramatically reduce health care costs if they reduced the average body mass index (BMI) of their residents by just 5 percent by 2030. In that scenario, millions of Americans would be spared serious health problems, and the country could save billions of dollars in health spending.

In Tennessee, a 5% decrease would result in about 57% of our population being obese. Although this change seems modest, this change alone would save Tennesseans $13.8 billion and avoid a significant number of cases of diseases in the state including:

  • Over 200,000 new cases of diabetes
  • Over 162,000 new cases of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Almost 140,000 new cases of hypertension


Posted by Cristie Travis at 7:45 AM

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